Charity Bowers (she/her) is a second-year welding student at Linn-Benton Community College. Charity started the program directly out of high school, a proud Harrisburg High School alumni. In this episode, Charity talks about how the culture in skilled trades industries is evolving as well as her experience stepping outside of her comfort zone to attend college.


Please describe your educational/training background

I am currently a student in the Welding and Pipe-Fitting program at Linn-Benton Community College.

Please describe where you work & your occupation

Most of my experience comes from my time as a student, but I have also had a job in a local welding fabrication shop.

Career-wise, what have been your proudest moments/highlights/accomplishments so far?

I got a 3m scholarship right out of high school. Because of my welding

What are some of your future goals or things you would like to accomplish?

At first, I wanted to find a regular welding job and gain some more experience, but my dream is to start my own business

What have been some of your biggest career challenges?

I think my biggest challenge has been going into a “man’s world”, trying to stand out enough to be noticed, and also proving that I’m just as good as the guys.

Many young women might not be aware of the careers available in STEM fields. What do you think can be done to spread the word to women about career options in these fields?

I think the main thing is just getting the information in front of people whether it’s podcasts, billboards, or social media.

Do you have any advice for women who are looking to follow in a similar career path?

Stay strong and act big, kinda like how you’d act if you saw a bear. Act bigger than you think you are. Be confident and don’t let people walk all over you.

What do you like to do for fun in your spare time?

I love hiking, exploring, and hanging out with friends.


If you’re interested in pursuing the welding program at Linn-Benton Community College, we would also encourage you to consider participating in CTE Signing Day, an event that provides extra support for skilled trades students and offers additional scholarship opportunities.